On Wednesday in Monte-Carlo some world class players are in action including Wawrinka, Djokovic and Nadal however one of the matches of the day could be that between David Goffin and Fernando Verdasco.
Verdasco is one of my favourite players on the tour he brings variety and skill to the game which I like and I think it is something the upcoming youngsters on the tour lack as the game seems to be about power, power and more power!
Verdasco will be at one end of the court and at the other end will be one of the most improved players on the tour in David Goffin who was impressive at Indian Wells and Miami making the semi-finals and was too very impressive against Djokovic as well!
Goffin is an exciting player to watch, he works hard and can be crafty on the court. What I like about Goffin’s game is that aggression in rallies especially when given time with the backhand as he can hit such a flat but powerful backhand either cross court or down the line.
The first meeting between these two players back at the 2013 Australian Open was quite show with Verdasco winning the 5 set thriller in Melbourne against his Belgian opponent however their last two meetings have been quite Verdasco winning 7-6 6-2 on clay later that year and last year in Cincinnati Goffin won 6-4 7-6. The big question is, what will happen in meeting number four?
With the tie obviously being on clay it would suit Verdasco more but Goffin has to now show he can his form from the big tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami and transform that from the hard courts to the clay courts of Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome ahead of Roland Garros.
What David doesn’t want is to be ran around the court by Verdasco, if you let him settle on the forehand and throw a few drop shots into rallies then you are in trouble and turning a match around against him in that mood is tough.
My gut instinct is a win for Verdasco in this one. I believe Goffin has the quality but he will have to play to the level he did against Novak recently I believe to stand a chance!